What makes life a piece of Art?
‘He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist’
– Francis of Assisi
The first weekend of this journey I have spent at the Art School of Life weekend in Castle Boterberg in Belgium. It was eye opening and soul touching. The weekend (re)moved hidden boundaries. At first I was sceptical and very low in expectations of myself and how I could be moved to create from the heart. I have always had the innate believe that I am not creative – these are a few questions my Sceptical Self was posing to me..
“My creativity?? Aren’t the stories I write in my diary, the way I talk to people about their lives and this whole hitchhiking adventure artwork enough?
I can’t paint, draw or sculpt, why try and risk being shamed for the outcome?
Nature is so beautiful, why would I want to create anything more?
Do I have to be so strict with myself even if nobody judges apart from me?”
– My Sceptical self
The word ‘process’ was continuously thrown around like a bouncing ball and it annoyed me a lot. But I could not deny that I was going through a major process of my own. Within my emotional states and thoughts I was moving through some old and new sh*t. Anger, annoyance and disappointment were all emerging in my own story, and were called upon through some pretty good exercises. We did some acting, dancing, painting and embodied speaking. Going through all these layers of emotional muck also made me feel strong and held because we were doing it together, a lot of us feeling vulnerable at the same time. Then came the creation.
We started to answer this one Big question::
If my life was an art piece and I lived in my fullest expression
What would it be like?
I was nudged to get out paint, crayons and open my soul. What came out was mind blowing. Some beautiful, some ugly, some extatic some deeply sad… but all tangible, REAL and heartfelt.When I left the Castle on Sunday evening, I knew I was an artist. An artist of life creating openings for the soul to show itself in all its glory. The biggest opening I could create is this journey, now let’s open the curtains and see what scenes will unfold.
Life = art.